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by arguing that no single action can solve the problem that will save our children. you know me. i am a conservative republican who received the nra's highest ratings over four terms in congress. i saw this debate over guns as a powerful symbolic struggle between individual rights and government control. and you know what? in the years after waco and ruby ridge, the symbolism of that debate seemed even more powerful to me. but the symbols of that ideological struggle, they've been shattered by the harvest's own from violent, mind-numbing video games and gruesome hollywood movies that dangerously desensitize those who struggle with mental health challenges. and then add in military-styled weapons and high-capacity magazines to that equation, and tragedy can never be too far behind. you know, there's no easy ideological way forward. if it were only that simple as to blame hollywood or the nra or insufficient funding for mental health, then our task would be completed in no time. but i come to you this morning with a heavy heart and no easy answers. still, i've spent the past few days gr
? >> well, i think that we -- the lesson, i think, is that we do need to take action. the question is, what kind of action. and i am very interested in the way that syria is being approached. in terms of really using -- i teach a course on the national security toolbox. and we look at the various aspects of this, and what's happening is, the u.s. government and the international community is using the tools, operating internationally, getting international pressure, a variety of sanctions that are tighter and tighter. humanitarian assistance and saying that no options are off the table. so i know people talk about appeasement. it has nothing to do -- you know, assad may be a terrible, but he's not hitler. and it's not the same as when the western powers were basically trying to figure out how not to do anything over czechoslovakia, and here we really are trying to do something and being fairly good and calibrated about it. and then a lesson that colin powell really made at every meeting was, if you're going to go in, you've got to figure out how to get out. you've always got to have an exit
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're no longer majority leader. they didn't say it with their words. they said it with their actions. they kept people in line. you know, even when trent, even when they knew trent made a mistake and he was sorry for it and it didn't reflect his years and years of great public service, they're, like, you know what? this doesn't help the party, mike. we're going to have to move frist in there. >> off of kristoph's point yesterday, he could make that argument, he could state reality. nobody wants to be born poor in this country, but there is a life cycle of dependency that has been built into programs like ssi as they have expanded beyond the realm of what anybody thought when they were first conceived. >> yeah. >> he could make that argument. >>> coming up, "the washington post's" david ignatius, from ohio, sherrod brown joins us on set. former white house budget director peter orszag and rana foroohar. and mike allen with the "politico playbook." >>> first, bill karins with the forecast. merry christmas. >> merry christmas. >> happy hanukkah. >> that probably will be the only gift. good morning
calls to action has written about what lbj said to him right after robert kennedy was killed. lbj called in joe and the other top aides in white house and said, we have to act within ten days before the nra gets organized. and they failed to do it. they tried and they failed. and lbj had a bill that had been bottled up in committee for months and months for, you know, licensing and registration and they signed something much, much less in october and he spoke out, president johnson did, in october of 1968, forcefully and angrily about the failure even after robert kennedy's death to do something to defeat the gun lobby. while i have the spirit of the season and a feeling that things have changed and saw joe's powerful -- joe, your powerful statement in the aftermath, in the immediate aftermath of the killings, i have my doubts as to whether this president and this congress have the guts and the strength and the political courage to go forward. >> they have to move quickly, don't they, john heilemann? >> yeah, i think they do. you can't lose them. the sense of moral urgency that comes wit
showed up here. president of the national action network is rev raend al sharpton and fortune editor lee gallagher in washington, vice president and executive director of that was general norman swa schwartzkopf you saw on your screen who passed away yesterday. i have a lasting memory of general schwartzkopf who served in the war in vietnam as well as leading gulf storm one. there was a woman from iowa. her name was peg mullen. she wrote a book about the death of her son, michael mullen. the name of the book was "friendly fire." norman schwartzkopf was the battalion commander. he was so approachable to peg mullen, so human in his relations with peg mullen, who sought to find out how her son was killed in vietnam. he died from friendly fire, which, you know obviously meant he was killed within the confines of his own unit by shrapnel from american weapons fired. it was so impressive to read about then a colonel later to become norm an schwartzkopf general "time" magazine's man of the year who was so human. just that clip we just showed right then compared to a lot of military o
. >> they're not going to forget this, and they're expecting action. you worry, again, if republicans and democrats can't come to an agreement on rounding decisions for ten years, how are they going to address the bigger issues? >> well, we don't really know how the fiscal cliff's going to play out, but i'll tell you, vice president biden was not chosen for the task to head this task force. he was not chosen casually or by accident. he has such a long history with these issues including working with law enforcement. that is the piece of this that really hasn't been in the foreso far. we've talked about the national reaction, the president's reaction, some reaction in the media. if law enforcement groups are marshalled by joe biden as they were when he was chairman of the judiciary committee, i think that could make a huge difference in pressuring not all republicans, but some republicans, to work on a common agenda with the president. there's no doubt that's what he wants. joe biden's the guy who can do that. >> and there's a responsibility, too, for democrats. for people like dianne
of action. >> good morning, it's tuesday, december 18th. with us, we have mike barnicle, author of "thomas jefferson," willie, joe and me as well. >> that was fascinating, wasn't it? >> that was. that was dead serious. he was not feeling anything else at that point, i think. >> i tell you, yesterday really did touch americans in a way, this whole weekend, and the president's speech and people like joe manchin stepping forward, really, i think -- i think it's got americans talking, for the first time, on this issue, in a really surprising way. i was -- i was struck not by how many democrats or liberals called after the show and said, boy, we really liked what you guys did and the conversation was needed. i was struck by how many friends of mine from first baptist church in pensacola, florida, that are lifetime members of the nra, who went out hunting across northwest florida and alabama and georgia and mississippi, from the time they were 9, 10. jon meacham, you were raised in a similar culture. although you were wearing white gloves during your formative years. i'm sorry. i was struck that
because the shutdowns were an action-forcing event. this time, after the election, there will be less gridlock. if governor romney were to win, he'd just implement the agenda that he campaigned on. >> right. >> and if the president wins re-election, which is what i think will happen, it no longer makes sense to have your number one goal, defeating him for re-election, because he can't run for anything. and i believe -- and he will no longer have, as his number one goal, drawing distinctions between himself and his party that says they want to beat him. they both will have a dramatically greater incentive to get stuff done. >> will the parties allow that to happen? because you look at what happened in the '90s. and i'll be the first to admit it, that i didn't see some things coming. i would say democrats didn't as well in '93 and '94, i campaigned on the tax increase, and i got elected because of the tax increase. i thought it was going to wreck the economy. it didn't wreck the economy. in '95 and '96, a lot of tough decisions by republicans, a lot of cuts that weren't popular with dem
. of course, the concerns are that those improvements will be hindered if we don't have some action from washington. mika? >> all right, you're also looking at 2012 in review as it pertains to our economy. there were certainly some good things that happened. >> there were, and i think what you have to look at specifically is the housing sector. you know, ever since the bursting of the housing bubble, this has been an area that's struggled, but we have seen continued improvement in the housing sector, most recently on the strong pending home sales numbers for the month of november. and so, that's a bright spot. also, auto sales on track to have their best year since 2007. so, those are two areas you can look at and say, you know what, these were bright spots in 2012. >> jeffrey sachs, the bright spots, will they all be washed away if we go over the fiscal cliff? >> no, because there is going to be a little deal and we're going to continue to struggle and we're going to continue to have basically slow growth. that's the most likely scenario. >> i rarely agree with jeffrey, but a agree ther
for disciplinary action. they made 29 recommendations to improve embassy security. secretary of state hillary clinton reportedly has accepted all of them. >> can i ask you, when is the hearing? >> thursday. >> what is she going to say at the hearing. >> she's not going to be present. she's sending someone in her sted. >> is susan rice going to fill in again? >> no. secretary clinton suffered a concussion last week and will not be available for testimony. >> a concussion? where is she hospitalized. i want to send flowers. is she okay? >> she fanlted and fell and suffered a concussion. her two doctors examined her and certified she had a concussion. i know where you're going, but i think she has a concussion. >> i'm not going anywhere. i love hillary clinton. do you know anybody more supp t supporti supportive? i've called her a girlfriend for years. when a friend is hurt you want to send her flowers. >> send her flowers. >> she's resting at home? >> she's resting at home in washington. she was told not to go to the office this week. >> who told her that? >> her doctors. >> they must know her
action. the relevant question is what policies could reasonably be argued to reduce the likelihood and severity of such incidents over time. okay. who wants to -- >> jon. >> i just wounder what the 43rd president makes of all of this. george w. bush has stayed quiet. the assault weapons ban expired during his pretty. i wonder with perspectirospecti distance and his post 2006 post thumping views, i wonder what he -- whether he agrees or disagrees with his former speechwriter, mike ger sson. a great piece. >> what do you think? >> i agree. i'd like to hear from president bush on this. gerson is absolutely right. we have this tendency in this culture of ours to immediately grasp on i'd yo logically right and left to specifics of whatever debate is going on and use the emotion of moment to drive our side and we should be thinking about what we talked about earlier, what can be done now? what's possible right now, to improve this situation, to try to contain the spread of these assault weapons? it's beyond common sense they're in the hands of american citizens. what can be done right no
of starting gate positions. >> mike, is there any sort of quiet blue dog action on this on either the right or the left, more moderate members who are talking maybe offline who may step into the breach if there is one? >> there's a little bit, and there's certainly an opportunity for them. of course, that caucus is shrinking and creating this very surprising, amazing spectacle where next year you're going to have more polarized caucuses, fewer moderates in both of them. but you're right, those offline conversations, if somebody has a good idea, there's definitely a market for it. and there's going to be a push by some republican members to propose something specific. and this could be legislation. this could be briefing by the leadership. this could be a speech by the speaker. but that is in the very early stages. they haven't even started circulating paper like that. that's why i think that this may be a wasted week in these negotiations, real work gets done next week. >> i would be willing to cut a deal just to go home if i were a member of congress. >> i thought you were talking about yo
and to the world. that is to say his capacity to take decisive actions has been limited by congressional intervention, by the influence of lobbies, by the sense that he gives good speeches, very good speeches, and he really understands the world, but the follow-through in terms of policy is somewhat not there. so i think he has to do a lot of things. i think he has to cultivate very deliberately the leadership of the congress, particularly the senate foreign relations committee, engage them personally. he has to be willing to crack the whip in some cases so that defying him is a risky proposition. and i think last but not least, he ought to consider seriously appointing someone with real influence up on the hill. he, of course, might prefer a democrat, and there are some democrats who fit that, but he might even still better consider appointing a republican. >> maybe possibly somebody like chuck hagel. >> chuck hagel or former senator lugar. >> senator lugar. >> or bob zellik, his appointee to the world bank. >> why wouldn't john kerry solve all these issues you described? >> he might. b
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a slippery slope. >> "the wall street journal." the federal reserve is taking unprecedented action as it puts an emphasis on job creation. chairman ben bernanke says long-term interest rates will remain near zero until the unemployment rate drops below 6.5%. the central bank also says it will continue to spend $45 billion a month on long-term government bonds but will now buy them outright. >>> and from "the buffalo news," agricultural industry analysts are warning the price of milk could double if no action is taken on the so-called dairy cliff. >> is that a slippery slope, too? >> it is a dairy cliff. the farm bill continues to stale out in congress. without its passage, the nation will revert to policies dating back to the 1940s. products containing milk could jump up dramatically. >>> coming up next, where in the world is vice president joe biden? that's the question that, of course, all of americans wake up to every morning. the man with the capitol connection is actually being left out of fiscal cliff negotiations. we're going to ask mike allen next why next in the "politico playbook."
street journal." toyota has agreed to a $1.1 billion class action settlement over complaints some of his cars accelerated without warning. owners of 16 million toyota, lexus and scion will be eligible for payments and safety updates depending on the make and model. the recall dating back to 2009 and 2010 tarnished toyota's safety reputation and flattened its u.s. sales, ending its 30-year streak of market share increases. >>> scary stuff. "the st. paul pioneer press." the syrian general responsible for military defections has himself become a defector. the chief of military police went across the border according to insurgents in syria. >> and he'll be played by peter sellers in the movie. >> the rat deserting the sinking ship. that is the rat deserting the sinking ship. >> how many -- there have been a number of defections at the top of the syrian government. >> lots to go there. >> but the guy in charge of preventing defections is particularly ironic. >> it is ironic. >> is this the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end. just keep watching moscow. as the russians pull away f
.s. and its allies are weighing possible military action in syria after new intelligence indicates that the assad regime may be preparing to unleash chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war. president obama issued a strong warning tells president assad not to cross that red line. >>> from our parade of papers, "seattle times," flu season off to the earliest start in a decade, and the strain making the rounds tends to make people more sick than other versions, particularly dangerous for the eld elderly. typically spikes in january or february. >>> the "new york times" this holiday shopping season, toy makers are catering to a growing number of dads who are increasingly making the buying decisions for the families. one example, for the first time in 50 years, mattell has introduced construction barbie and a barbie building set designed with male shoppers in mind. some stores are being reorganized to appeal more to male sensibilities. the reason why they are shopping more is because they can sit their butts down in a big chair with their laptops and buy online. >> speaking of mean, w
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